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2021 Romanian Film Festival Seattle Streaming Online November 12th-21st


Announcing the full lineup for the 8th Edition of ROMANIAN FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE, "Back to Wonderland!” Streaming online November 12th-21st, through Northwest Film Forum’s online platform. 

Journey back to Wonderland with new film productions from Romania and Eastern Europe. The festival will showcase the creative spirit and resilience of both emerging and more established directors. 2021 also brings the expansion of the festival, with new branches and partnerships in Detroit and Arizona! This year's fest is offering an immersive screen experience, with all film screenings including a live discussion or filmmaker Q&A.

Festival highlights include: 
  • “Întregalde” by acclaimed director Radu Muntean, which just premiered at NY Film Festival and was selected in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at Cannes. This stunning drama is about a group of men on a humanitarian mission that goes awry, and Muntean will participate in a Q&A accompanying the film. 
  • “Servants,” directed by Ivan Ostrochovský: a chilling drama set in a seminary that explores the tortuous choice students must make in 1980 totalitarian Czechoslovakia. There will be a discussion about the film with a special guest: iconic New Romanian Cinema actor Vlad Ivanov (Cristian Mungiu’s “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, Cornel Porumboiu's “The Whistlers”  and  Maren Ade's “Toni Erdmann”).
  • Several US premieres, including “No Rest for the Old Lady,” Andrei Gruzsniczki’s drama which premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival earlier this year; “Occasional Spies,” directed by Oana Giurgiu, which follows newly recruited young Jews living in Palestine as they return to their home countries; “Wild Romania,” directed by Dan Dinu and Cosmin Dumitrache: an exquisitely filmed award-winning documentary that shares the abundance and beauty of Romania’s natural diversity, and “Kids Rock”, directed by Claudiu Mitcu, which follows four boys between 11 and 13 years old, members of the rock band Blană Bombă, for an entire year.

Enjoy the magic of Romanian cinema at home with a two-week feast of new films that includes Romanian, Moldovan, Czech and European productions, plus local, national, and international special guests!
All film programs in the 2021 festival will take place online between Nov. 12–21, and are available to view ONLY in the U.S. You can purchase our films and watch them when it is most convenient for you, during the period of the festival. You have between 2-5 days to finish watching a film after you start playing it. Few restrictions may apply to certain films, please read the instructions carefully. 

**All screenings in Romanian Film Festival in Seattle 2021 include a live discussion or filmmaker Q&A, available on zoom and live streamed on Facebook. All panels and talks take place over Zoom, and will be automatically recorded and added to the end of the film playlist on Northwest Film Forum's Eventive virtual cinema for viewing throughout the fest. (Please note: all festival programs, but the opening, closing night mixers and other talks, are available only to viewers in the U.S.) **
"Întregalde" Directed by Radu Muntean
2021, Drama, 104 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

In Radu Munean’s latest feature film, well-meaning urban professionals drive up muddy unpaved mountain roads on their annual humanitarian trip bringing aid to the remote village of Intregalde. As night falls and temperatures drop they take shelter in an abandoned sawmill with a jabbering senile old man. It tests their altruism in the face of having reached their own limits and questions the ethics of their motivations as benefactors. This film was recently selected in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section at Cannes.
"Unidentified" Directed by Bogdan George Apetri
2020, Drama, 123 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Detective Florin Lespas, despite facing his own personal issues, decides to take on a seemingly dead-end case. While making progress and even finding a suspect, Florin faces more obstacles as his colleagues dismiss his work and persist that he give up. He is forced to take his own measures, and the case ends up putting up much more than just one suspect on trial.
"Poppy Field" Directed by Eugen Jebeleanu
2020, Drama, 81 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

"Poppy Field" follows the life of gendarme Cristi as he tries to navigate his pluralistic identity as a gay man in a macho, hierarchical workplace and increasingly religious society. While his long-distance boyfriend visits Bucharest, Cristi is ordered to deescalate a homophobic protest at a local movie theater. In turn, Cristi struggles with his own inner demons and how his largely secretive double-life affects those he loves most.
"Servants" Directed by Ivan Ostrochovský
2020, Drama, 80 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

This chilling drama set in a seminary explores the tortuous choice students must make in 1980 totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Will Michael and Juraj choose to capitulate to the Communist Party-approved program the seminary tutors try to shape them into or endure draconian surveillance by the secret police?
"No Rest for the Old Lady" Directed by Andrei Gruzsniczki
2021, Comedy Drama, 99 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Tackling fundamental issues of life—friendship, faith, respect for the dead, religious rituals, as well as the routine of everyday life— Gruzsniczki’s film tells the story of Emil (Mircea Andreescu), a nonbeliever, who is challenged by the faith of his best friend Titi (Valer Dellakeza) and his confession: Emil’s late wife has moved in with Titi and haunts him. This delicate, impeccably acted comedy-drama gives viewers an honest glimpse into the life of the elderly. Premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival earlier this year. Nominated for the Tiatan Award at the Beijing International Film Festival, "No Rest for the Old Lady" adds to Gruzsniczki’s list of awards, among which is the 2008 Main Award, FIPRESCI Award at CinePecs Moveast IFF; the 2009 Best Romanian Film at Transylvania IFF for The Other Irene; and the 2013 Special Jury Award at Rome IFF for Quod Erat Demonstrandum.
"Mia Misses Her Revenge" Directed by Bogdan Theodor Olteanu
2020, Comedy, 82 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Mia, a young actress, finds herself back at her parent’s home after her boyfriend slaps her on the face. She struggles with her own feelings and trauma surrounding the event, turning to friends and family to process her feelings, as well as developing her own plan for revenge. "Mia Misses Her Revenge" tackles the complicated intersection of personal turmoil and uncertainty in a world full of strong opinions and the inherent need to broadcast them.
"The Campaign " Directed by Marian Crișan
2020, Comedy Drama, 93 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

"The Campaign," also known as "Berliner," is Marian Crișan’s most recent feature, a political comedy, starring Ovidiu Crisan, Ion Sapdaru, and Ioana Chitu, among other excellent young actors. Inspired by Gabriel Andronache’s novel "Ich bin ein Berliner," the famous quote from President J.F. Kennedy, the film follows the mishaps of a Romanian politician (Ion  Sapdaru) running for the European Parliament in hopes to escape charges of corruption once elected and given immunity. His car breaks down near a farm. He immediately sees the opportunity to make the villagers into his voters by adopting the façade of a commoner, the “old friend” of the farmer. Compromise doesn’t pay very well, but well enough for Viorel (Ovidiu Crisan). Filmed in Crisan’s native Salonta, under the mater cinematographer Oleg Mutu, "The Campaign / Berliner" was nominated for several “Best Film” awards at international festivals and won the main competition at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2020. Crisan had previously won the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film with Megatron at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. In 2010, he won the Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Edition of the Locarno Film Festival with his first feature film Morgen, which was also the Romanian entry for the 84th Academy Awards. 
"Wild Romania" Directed by Dan Dinu & Cosmin Dumitrache
2021, Documentary, 123 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

This exquisitely filmed award-winning documentary, 10 years in the making, shares the abundance and beauty of Romania’s natural diversity above and below water, in forests and wetlands, through the seasons, in day and night. It focuses on the Carpathian Mountains and Danube Delta enhanced by a sweeping musical score. We are challenged to preserve and steward this treasure for future generations.
"Occasional Spies" Directed by Oana Giurgiu
2020, Documentary, 119 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Oct. 2021 at 12:00 AM

"Occasional Spies" follows newly recruited young Jews living in Palestine return to their home countries of Romania, Yugoslavia, Slovakia and Austria, helping the local resistance to fight the German invaders during World War Two. The film highlights the little known history of these heroic acts, not through grand gestures, but through the voices of genuine people. By using both genuine archival and recreated photos based on retellings, the film amplifies the fears and hopes of these young Jewish heroes navigating an increasingly hostile and violent Europe -- one they used to call home.

Please note: this film program is available only to viewers in the United States.
"The Dead Nation" Directed by Radu Jude
2017, Documentary, 83 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

In this documentary essay, Radu Jude juxtaposes Romania’s fascist past via the experience of Legionnaires, as well as the country’s increased anti-Semitism during the WWII. Using excerpts of Jewish doctor Emil Dorian’s diary written during the same period, Dead Nation highlights the disparity between the Jewish experience during the war as a victim, and the political propaganda of the war’s perpetrators.
"The Exit of the Trains" Directed by Adrian Cioflâncă, Radu Jude
2020, Documentary, 175 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

In Radu Jude’s latest documentary film, he explores the history of the Iasi program through written testimonials and images of the Iasi Jewish community. Given that this event has often been minimized or denied altogether, recollecting the horrific violent acts during the program and the actions of both civilians and the Romanian military is no small feat. However, the film is not as straightforward as it may seem- as the images are not necessarily of the victim or their family of the voice-over. In collaboration with historian Adrian Cioflâncă, Jude explores how collective memory is shaped and can also be distorted.
"Kids Rock" Directed by Claudiu Mitcu
2021, Documentary, 88 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Claudiu Mitcu’s documentary "Blană Bombă (Kids Rock)" follows four boys between 11 and 13 years old, members of the rock band Blană Bombă for an entire year. In this coming-of-age film, the brave Nicholas Butacu (drums), Rareș Stănescu (guitar), Rareș Rădulescu (bass guitar), and Zoran Ion Stănescu (lead singer) are observed both on the path of artistic transformations and on the road from childhood to adolescence. Warmly received by adolescents as well as by the public at large, the documentary was invited to Transylvania IFF and to Alba Iulia Music and Film Festivals as well as to prominent concert halls in Romania.
"The Pastor's Women" Directed by Oana Tenter
2019, Documentary, 27 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

The vibrant world of Pentecostal Roma in Romania is seldom seen outside that community. This short documentary explores the life of a pastor’s wife as she works tirelessly for her family and to improve her Roma community. She supports them all as a pillar of courage, love and hope. We see, too, this life from her six daughters’ perspectives.
"Waiting for August" Directed by Teodora Ana Mihai
2014, Documentary, 88 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Georgiana assumed a mother figure role for her six siblings, while their mother was in Italy as a migrant worker to provide financially for the family. Fifteen and the head of the household, that is one of the real stories of many others caught up in making life work, captured beautifully by Teodora Ana Mihai, who wished to tell “the story behind the story.”
"Holy Father" Directed by Andrei Dăscălescu
2020, Documentary, 85 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Andrei and his girlfriend, soon to be parents, are both looking for role-models they have never had in their own lives. "Holy Father" presents a story of reconciliation, taking care of unfinished business, parenthood, healing wounds from growing up in a broken family to rewrite the history and break the pattern. The documentary is emotional, powerful, insightful and inspiring, capturing Andrei’s search for his long-lost father who became a monk on  Mount Athos in Greece.
"Fragile" Directed by Ioana Mischie
2021, Documentary Shorts, 60 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Oana Mischie’s creative documentary gives voice through the amazing interpretation of actress Ioana Flora, to several Romanian women who suffered abuse and trauma. Written by Ioana Flora in collaboration with Rucsandra Pop, the script compiled real stories under one theme: “women are not made to be broken.” An accomplished actress and gifted creator, Ioana Flora impersonates different characters with kindness and respect, understanding and empathy. Conceived both as a mini-series and as a feature film in the form of an anthology, this ingeniously created gem won the Fulbright Alumni Grant and was co-financed by the US Embassy in Bucharest and 8 nonprofit associations in Romania.
"Salix Caprea" Directed by Valeriu Andriuță
2018, Short, 30 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Salix Caprea (“Goat Willow” tree) is the type of tree that was supposed to cover a large meadow area in a small village in the Republic of Moldova. As part of a donation from foreign investors, a couple of thousands of trees were planted by the Americans. After a couple of years, during a visit along with delegation from the state, they wanted to see the growth of the trees. In a comedic investigation, the mayor and the police officer discovered the area all empty and the “goat willow” trees were all gone, eaten by…the goats.
"Chers Amis" Directed by Valeriu Andriuță
2017, Short, 20 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

A school age child is waiting anxiously outside the school in the cold weather. He is waiting for his mother to pick him up and he is waiting for his “verdict.” Inside, the staff and teachers, in a school council meeting, are discussing issues concerning operations and preparation for the winter holidays. Real issue of a poor small village school, low budget, mother struggling to pay for food, embarrassed by her son’s actions.
"I Am Dorin" Directed by Valeriu Andriuță
1970, Short, 23 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Morale battle, dilemmas in assuming someone else’s identity to take the final exam in earning a bachelor’s degree, this is Dorin’s ethical struggle. The night before the exam is filled with twists and turns, negotiations, losing sleep, and getting into promiscuous situations as a preamble of the day of the exam.
"No Singing After 8" Directed by Alex Pintică
2021, Musical Short, 20 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

In this delightful short musical, Andrei and Roxana yearn for some spice in their romantic lives so invite another attractive couple over for dinner. A disgruntled neighbor returns throughout the evening to enforce the “no singing after 8” rule in their apartment block. 
"31 Hours" Directed by Claudiu Mitcu
1970, Short, 21 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

Ștefan, the only surgeon available, takes on one final patient after working a 31-hour shift. In what should have been a simple procedure the 8-year old boy dies on the table. In this powerful short, the corrupt Romanian healthcare system is put under close scrutiny upon the backdrop of sorrow, payoffs and threats.
"Cradle" Directed by Paul Mureșan
2020, Short, 4 minutes
Nov. 12, 2021 at 06:00 AM - 21 Nov. 2021 at 12:00 AM

The young director Paul Mureșan’s short animation "Cradle" touches people’s hearts as it  reveals how much damage long-lasting wounds can do if left unaddressed. The powerful, darkened graphic, accompanied by the suave, almost whispering music of a lullaby, depict the consequences of domestic abuse and alcoholism. Launched in 2020, Muresan’s animation has already won three major awards: in 2020 it was selected at Warsaw IFF and at Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and in 2021 received the Special Mention and the Best Short Film award at Transylvania IFF.


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